Gold ornament with engraved patterns

Ming Dynasty
Length: 52 cm
Unearthed from the tomb of Wan Gui outside the You’anmen Gate in Beijing

The ornament is made up of a lotus-leaf-shaped plaque and seven pendants attached to it. The upper part of the plaque represents two mandarin ducks standing opposite each other on the lotus leaf, beneath which are seven rings linking seven gold chains, each hanging a pendant, which respectively are scissor, bag, sword, jar, box, bottle, and Xi-awl. All of them are exquisitely wrought. Especially the jar, the bottle, the bag and the box are all fully applied with graceful patterns, producing strong ornamental effect.